Greetings from Toronto! We’ve been keeping busy, enjoying the downtime we have, working out in between events, and having fun together in our downtown hotel. We love being able to walk everywhere – the location for activities makes up for the construction RIGHT across the street that is almost up to our 21st floor and that begins at 7 am.
Since yesterday was a fitness-filled post, here’s a mainly-food post, brought to you by me but courtesy of Jenn!
We begin with Monday’s lunch, which actually ended up being a 12 o’clock breakfast (minus half a banana I had leftover). We were in a great food court unlike anything I’ve seen in Calgary – full of all the usual suspects as well as some healthy fast food options like this made-to-order sandwich and salad place that was incredible! My large spinach salad had chicken, pumpkin seeds, chick peas, sliced apples, avocado, feta cheese, and a lemon ginger dressing. Loved it! Why don’t we have any healthy options like this in Calgary malls? I was happily surprised and fully enjoyed salad for breakfast. Mikey, on the other hand, being starved, went all-beef, all the way with the make-it-yourself Harvey burger.
Mikey wanted me to take a “his” and “her” lunch shot…Although he often chooses healthier options, when he’s hungry, it’s a burger all the way for this man!
We walked over to a very special building to meet with our friend from the plane, Dave, who works as the Officiating Manager for the NHL (like, head guy over ALL the officials in the NHL!). He invited us down to his building and gave us a tour of the place, taking us into some pretty cool spots.
That little PVC contraption on the right is THE device that measures ALL the hockey equipment for the NHL goal keepers! Everything is shipped to this small office (see photo on the right) and the gear is measured right there! I had no idea about this…crazy.
This here is, again, THE control room for all the calls in the NHL games. Quite literally, the puck stops here. Of all the off-ice officials, if there’s a problem it’s gets double-checked here with all the TVs monitoring games all across North America. The NHL control room! We hung out in there!
The desk of Colin Campbell – only the director of Hockey Operations!
We met an older man named Jim who is in the Hockey Hall of Fame and a part of the board who gave us some official NHL goods to take home with us! We were truly blown away by everyone’s unexpected generosity and kindness and left with free passes as “honored guests” to the Hockey Hall of Fame!
Thanks for everything, Dave! We were blessed to have met you – and look us up in Calgary anytime you’re in town!
Random shot of the day: Halloween cows!
With a few more free hours, you can guess where we were off to from here: the Hockey Hall of Fame!
If you’re the hockey type, feel free to check out the photo album below:
We had a blast perusing the museum but unfortunately Mikey was feeling pretty run down afterward, so we grabbed dinner before calling it a night. Even though he wasn’t doing 100%, we found a great place to eat that our friend Zeal had told us about called La Marche. It’s a European chain where you go in and pick your own food from lots of freshly-made options – perfect for a couple like Mikey and I who always want different things. It was amazing! Here are a few photos of this place:
SO many options!
Mikey got a fresh raspberry crepe (all that sounded good to him! ) that was delish (of course I sampled some!) with a fresh lemonade and I got a small butternut squash soup with a beet, ginger, lemonade juice that was fresh and tasted so fresh. They even serve beer, wine, gelato with toppings, meat, sushi, pasta, different salads, coffee and pastries…it’s amazing! #easilypleased
And today? Well, the long and the short of it is that I got a great 7 mile run + 200 Kettlebell swings in per the Pile on the Miles and KB Swing Challenge (you can read about that here!) and then we headed over to Princess Margaret Hospital for a screening of our film. It went great! We saw our good friend and amazing supporter Norma as well as our new friend and nurse Jocelyn. We love these two! Those present were very engaged and encouraging and we enjoyed getting back into the screening mode again – Mikey did great, as usual. It’s been neat seeing how he’s changed and grown as a public speaker and speaks so well to professional audiences!
After that we walked around and found a Starbucks (no wi-fi in our hotel! We were out of the link and needed to do some work) and enjoyed a coffee and the bustling atmosphere. At about 7:30 pm we finally found a place for dinner – the Bangkok Garden. It was fancy, beautiful, and our “nice” meal out, so we got the vegetarian dinner for two and loved every bite!
Delish! Really great Thai food. Water + rice-paper spring rolls with tofu and mint; vegetable soup in a tasty broth; tofu + baby bok choy stir fry; vegetable red coconut curry.
Coconut ice cream (for him) + fresh fruit (for her); you know if it was chocolate ice cream I’d have been ALL over it! The fruit hit the spot and we left not feeling stuffed but happily full.
So while it may seem like this week’s been full of hockey and food, they’re just the things we took pictures of! I think our stomachs actually shrink when we travel because we rarely snack and only really eat twice a day (usually breakfast and dinner). I fuel my morning workouts knowing there’s a later breakfast coming by snagging a piece of fruit like an apple or banana and a free mini peanut butter to tide me over through movement and until Mikey’s up and ready for the first meal. That means bigger breakfasts and later dinners, but it’s nice for a change and I like how we let ourselves get hungry from time to time – we don’t often do that in our daily lives because food is always so prevalent and easily accessible. It’s nice to really appreciate our food and really be ready for it.
Annnnd that officially concludes this week’s WIAW! Tell me – what’s something delicious YOU ate today?
Are you a hockey fan? I know Abby is – I tweeted her a picture of “The Great One.”
Ever been to Toronto? What’d you like about it? The food is much cheaper than Calgary and there are SO many great options! Food definitely helps contribute to a trip for sure.
Today we’re showing a sneak peek of our new film, “Ebb & Flow: Storytelling for Cancer Survivors” at a local Wellspring which means we have most of the day to do what we’ve been doing. That means a morning workout followed by some food and another opportunity to do something free – we have a pass up the CN Tower! I’ve never been to the top, only the bottom for a screening the last time we passed through TO on our film tour. Excited for the day! Oh – and do I ever have a KILLER workout to share with you guys tomorrow! Be sure to check back in for some workout fun on Thursday. Make it a good one,